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- Check out the playing XI of both the teams in the India-England first Test here
- Team India captain Virat Kohli chose KL Rahul for the opening
- England have given seven batsmen a chance in the playing XI.
Fans have been waiting for a long time for the India-England first Test match which started at Trent Bridge (Nottingham) today. At the beginning of this five-match Test series, the one thing that everyone’s eyes were fixed on is the playing-11 of both the teams, especially the Indian XI. The Indian cricket team has suffered a setback in the form of an injured Mayank Agarwal just two days before the first Test, in such a situation, Virat Kohli as usual may have to struggle a lot in choosing the team, mainly due to limited space and many contenders.
Who will land in the opening?
Mayank Agarwal was injured by Indian pacer Mohammad Siraj while practicing in the nets two days before the match. For fear of concussion injury, it was decided to keep him out of the first Test. In such a situation, who will be the second opener who can open the innings with Rohit Sharma? Although the names of Hanuma Vihari and Abhimanyu Iswaran are also appearing in this list, but the player whose name is at the top of the discussion is KL Rahul. Captain Kohli approved it after the toss in the first Test.
Who will be among the Indian bowlers, who will not
Team India’s two fast bowlers Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah do not bowl swing, but still the speed and variation of both of them is going to be very useful. He will be the important bowler of Team India in both the series. If India take the risk of weakening the batting by resting Jadeja, then Mohammad Siraj can be included. Meanwhile, the rotation of fast bowlers can also be seen in this, where Siraj and Umesh Yadav will be eyeing.
It was understandable to play two spinners in the past, especially if one of them is Ravindra Jadeja who is an all-rounder so Ravichandran Ashwin probably shouldn’t be there in the English environment. But Ashwin also bowled brilliantly while playing county cricket recently. He also did an amazing job of taking six wickets in an innings and maybe the same thing can work in his favor.
Who will play among all-rounders, Virat’s statement about Shardul
Facing a shortage of fast bowler all-rounders, the Indian cricket team may give a chance to fast bowler Shardul Thakur in the first Test against England. The first vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane indicated this, while the next day Indian captain Virat Kohli also indicated this while speaking to the media. Thakur was instrumental with both bat and ball – taking seven wickets and scoring 67 runs – as India registered a historic victory in the fourth and final Test in Brisbane.
India is missing Hardik Pandya who is not yet fit to bowl in Test matches. Pandya has been a part of the limited overs team. In such a situation, getting Shardul’s place can be called a right decision. Virat Kohli said about this, “Yes, he (Shardul) definitely can be (made into an all-rounder). He is already a multi-dimensional cricketer and it is more about him with Brisbane-like performances. It’s about gaining more confidence than him. Someone like him obviously brings a lot of balance to the Test team or any other format of the game.”
What can be the big changes in the England team?
The biggest problem facing England is to fill the place of Ben Stokes. Stokes decided to take an indefinite break from cricket just ahead of the series, leaving the English team in a quandary. Craig Overton has been given his place in the team but the question is will he play in the top-11? Had Ben Stokes not pulled out of the series, England would have gone with four fast bowlers. He can still do that but he will have to bring in an extra batsman as his batting line-up has failed against New Zealand in June. In such a situation, the team can go with three fast bowlers, one spinner.
It would be appropriate to bat at number seven for Sam Karen, who made his debut against India in 2018. The series will feature the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad while Mark Wood will provide extras. Apart from these, there will also be Ollie Robinson who did a better performance against New Zealand. India won in 2007 under the leadership of Rahul Dravid and Kohli led the team to victory the last time the two teams clashed.
India’s playing-11 for the first test (India playing-XI)
India – Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.
England’s playing-11 for the first test (England playing-XI)
England – Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Jack Crowley, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Olly Robinson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
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